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89. I am/know a Freshman entering college in engineering in the fall, what PC laptop should I buy?

Many schools have deals on new computers at the campus bookstore starting about 6 weeks before school starts. There is usually a whole refresh cycle of hardware between May and August. I would suggest finding out from the school and/or calling the Engineering Department for recommendations.
I would suggest getting the system with WinXP Pro as the OS, unless the university is used to setting up students with WinXP Home. You can look at the schools website or calling the computer support department to veryify. Some schools have special agreements with the Darkside (M$) so that XP and Office are only $20 each for students. These deals are frequently listed on the Campus Bookstore website.
If the school is in a big city and does not have deals at the campus bookstore, you can sometimes get a name brand from a local retailer. This can facillitate a quick turnaround if they are a reputable company and have a service department.


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